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Energy-Efficient Heat Pump Technology Increases the Value of Homes in the U.S. – “…in Nature Energy, a new study led by the Center for Global Sustainability (CGS) researchers, examines the cost of heat pump installation in American households and the effect on house prices and home values. They find that heat pumps not only offer an energy-efficient source of electrified heating and cooling but also increase the value of the average home by adding on average a US$10,400–17,000 price premium for households in nearly half of the U.S. states.  Full article here.

Connecticut Officially Ends Incentives for Gas Expansion – “The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has released a final decision to immediately wind down the state’s efforts to expand gas heating, concluding that the program is not in the best interest of families and businesses and does not further the state’s climate and energy goals. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement in response.”  Full article here.

Home Fuel Prices Up Substantially – NYSERDA Dashboard – “The Heating Fuel Prices Dashboard provides New York residents and businesses with objective information on residential retail heating fuel pricing in New York State and by region. The Dashboard includes current and historical residential retail price data, regional comparison, and fuel type comparisons for heating oil, kerosene, and propane. This dashboard helps keep consumers informed of residential retail heating fuel price trends in their area throughout the year including during critical winter months.”   Dashboard website here.

November 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “COP27 Summit Agrees On Landmark Climate ‘Loss And Damage’ Fund, But Does Little To Encourage Rapid Cuts To Fossil Fuel Use” • Delegates from nearly 200 counties at COP27 agreed to set up a “loss and damage” fund to help vulnerable countries cope with climate disasters. But the final text lacks new language on cutting emissions, [CNN]

Israeli delegate Isaac Herzog and King Abdullah II of Jordan
(Haim Zach, Government Press Office of Israel, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

  • “Food Security And Solutions At COP27” • COP27, the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, addressed many dimensions of the climate crisis, including food security and solutions. If a just transition within the food system is to take place, a cultural shift in how we value food is needed. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Are There Enough Materials To Manufacture All The EVs Needed?” • Research shows there are enough explored or prospective reserves to electrify the global transportation sector using current technology if a high amount of battery recycling occurs. In this scenario, global demand in 2100 will amount to about 50% of lithium reserves. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Local Renewable Energy Jobs Can Fully Replace US Coal Jobs” • A recent study by researchers at the University of Michigan finds that local wind and solar jobs can fully replace the jobs lost at coal plants across the United States as the country’s power-generation system transitions away from fossil fuels in the coming decades. [Intelligent Living]
  • “California Drought: New Research Ties Specific Extreme Weather Events To Climate Change” • The rapidly advancing field of attribution science allows scientists to analyze the role climate change plays in extreme weather events. In California, the severity of both wildfires and droughts have been directly linked to climate change. [ABC10]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

November 19 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Mainers Pay More For Power As Experts Look To Renewable Energy” • Electricity prices are expected to go up for Mainers in January by an average of $32 per month, due to the war in Ukraine. PUC commissioner Patrick Scully said the bill would have gone down if New England Energy Corridor were up and running. But that was voted down. [WMTW]

Buildings in Maine (Skyler Ewing, Pexels)

  • “US Rejects Funding To Re-Open Michigan Nuclear Plant” • The DOE rejected Holtec International’s application for funding to reopen the Palisades nuclear power plant in Michigan, a Holtec spokesperson said. Holtec bought the 805-MW plant to decommission it, after it could no longer compete with gas-fired plants and renewable energy. [Reuters]
  • “Enel Announces PV Cell And Solar Panel Factory In The US” • Companies are rushing to manufacture PV cells and panels in the US as a result of the incentives made available by Congress and the Biden administration. Enel, Italy’s largest utility company, said it plans to construct a factory in the US to manufacture PV cells and solar panels. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Electreon And Eurovia To Demonstrate Dynamic Electric Vehicle Charging On The German Autobahn” • Eurovia and Electreon announced their second joint project, E|MPOWER, on the Autobahn. The partnership will provide a 1-km section of the Autobahn in Northern Bavaria with Electreon’s wireless Electric Road System technology. [CleanTechnica]
  • “COP27 Climate Summit Runs Over As Talks Hit Gridlock” • A promise from the developed world to foot more of the climate bill has raised fresh hopes of breakthrough at the UN climate summit COP27. The European Union has suggested a new fund to help poor nations deal with climate disaster. But rich nations are worried about signing a blank check. [BBC]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

November 18 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Burns & McDonnell Signs Offshore Substation Partnership” • Burns & McDonnell and Bay Ltd have announced a partnership to provide US-based engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction of offshore substations. Burns & McDonnell will lead engineering. Fabrication and construction will take place in existing Bay Ltd facilities in Texas. [reNews]

Offshore wind substation (RES image)

  • “Geely’s Radar Brand Officially Launches The RD6 Electric Pickup Truck” • The Geely Group’s new brand Radar Auto has officially released its new RD6 electric pickup for sale in China with a starting price of RMB 178,800, the equivalent of $24,600. The announcement comes after a preview of the RD6 electric pickup was given back in July. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Gas Well Methane Leaks Are A ‘Huge’ Environmental And Economic Issue, BP CEO Says” • In a wide-ranging interview with the ABC, Bernard Looney, CEO of oil and gas supermajor BP, said methane leakage from gas wells in Australia and across the globe was a “huge issue” that needed to be fixed on economic and environmental grounds. [ABC]
  • “Rooftop Solar Powers Western Australia To Renewable Energy Record” • The Australian Energy Market Operator confirmed a record for instantaneous renewable energy share at about 12:30 local time on Nov 12, with rooftop solar contributing more than 61% of the electricity generated in WA’s main grid, the South West Integrated System. [pv magazine Australia]
  • “Proposed HVDC ‘Macrogrid’ To Transmit Renewable Power At Low Cost In US” • Modeling specialist Vibrant Clean Energy has proposed a transmission “overlay” for the contiguous US, with about 210 underground high-voltage DC transmission lines, 70 nodes, and underwater lines. HVDC can deliver power over long distances very efficiently. [PV Magazine]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

November 17 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Melting Glaciers Could Release Tonnes Of Bacteria” • Vast amounts of bacteria could be released as the world’s glaciers melt due to climate change, researchers at Aberystwyth University warn. In a recent study, they showed that potentially harmful pathogens are among the 100,000 tonnes of microbes that could leak into rivers and lakes. [BBC]

Scientists at melting glacier (Aberystwyth University)

  • “Formal Climate Talks Between US And China Have Resumed At UN Summit” • US climate envoy John Kerry told CNN that formal climate talks with China restarted at the UN’s COP27 summit, lifting a freeze on negotiations and showing an early sign of concrete results from a meeting between US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. [CNN]
  • “Ford CEO: 40% Less Labor To Build Electric Vehicles” • Ford CEO Jim Farley made a blockbuster of a statement this week. According to the somewhat jovial and optimistic cousin of late comedic actor Chris Farley, producing electric vehicles requires about 40% less labor than producing the same number of fossil-powered cars. [CleanTechnica]
  • “As Scientists Warn Brazil’s Rainforest Is Nearing A Point Of Irreversible Decline, Lula Makes Ambitious Deforestation Pledge” • When he was president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva’s government was able to reduce deforestation dramatically. As president-elect, his promise on the rainforest goes further: to reach zero deforestation in Brazil. [CNN]

Amazon (CIAT, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

  • “Renewables To Supply Half Of PH Power Needs By 2040, Marcos Tells APEC Leaders” • Renewable sources will supply half of the Philippines’ energy needs by 2040, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr told Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders and delegates. The Philippines wants renewable energy to have a 35% share in its energy mix by 2030. [ABS-CBN News]
  • “US Wind-Storage Set To Surge After Tax Credits Unlock Income” • Wood Mackenzie forecasts US energy storage capacity will surge to 59.2 GW by 2026, up from 4.6 GW at the end of 2021. Solar developers have been turning to batteries to increase revenues, and Inflation Reduction Act tax incentives mean that wind developers could follow suit. [Reuters]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

November 16 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Getting Renewable Energy Connected” • There are about 1,300 GW of new energy resources, primarily renewables and storage, waiting to connect to power grids across the US. That’s more than the combined output of all power plants operating in the country today. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission blames the backlog on old rules. [NRDC]

Wind turbines (Filipe Resmini, Unsplash)

  • “Rich Countries Are Trying To Hit Pause On Climate Summit’s Key Issue” • At the UN’s COP27 climate summit, the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom are united against establishing a new fund this year to help the world’s developing nations – which have contributed little to the climate crisis – recover from climate disasters. [CNN]
  • “Small Firms Have A Big Role Fighting Climate Change” • In the US, small businesses make up 99% companies. They employ nearly half of the American workforce. But their sheer numbers make it tough to regulate them. Focusing on supply chains can make it easier to engage with small businesses, unlocking billions in emissions savings. [BBC]
  • “Maritime Sector And Green Hydrogen Leaders Agree On Ambitious Targets” • Leading organizations and initiatives across the shipping value chain, joined by the largest green hydrogen producers, signed a statement committing to rapid production and use of low-carbon fuels based on green hydrogen for global shipping decarbonization. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Wealthy Nations Ink $20 Billion Deal To Move Indonesia Off Coal” • A group of wealthy countries secured an agreement with Indonesia to shift the major emitter’s power generation from coal to clean energy. The $20 billion deal financed by financial institutions and governments would be one of the largest public investments to close fossil fuel plants. [E&E News]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

REGISTER TODAY for the 15th Annual VECAN Conference!

 

Join VECAN virtually for the 15th Annual Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network Conference, starting December 10th. This year’s conference is once again FREE and open to all.

REGISTER HERE TODAY!

 

Recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are clear – it’s now or never when it comes to acting on climate. Both in Vermont and globally, however, we continue to fall behind in accelerating the equitable transformation required to avoid the worst consequences of a warming world.

There is tremendous opportunity, though, and we need your help to seize it! With the development of the state’s Climate Action Plan, the state’s legal obligation to equitably reduce pollution, historic federal investments in climate and more, together, we can chart a new course for Vermont.

This year’s virtual conference is intended to ground us in what’s happening, what’s needed, and some of the exciting opportunities Vermonters can help advance and access to cut costs, cut carbon and build an equitable clean energy transition. The conference will launch with an overview of federal and state context for climate action, an overview of the state’s new, long-overdue environmental justice law, progress underway – or needed – in our major emission sectors, as well as offer opportunities to connect with other community energy leaders, and more.

VECAN will host virtual workshop sessions throughout the following week on several key topics, including progress in Vermont’s major emissions sectors and how communities can tap into ongoing work and support climate progress.

November 15 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Biggest Rainforest Nations Form Triple Alliance To Save Jungle” • The world’s three largest rainforest nations, Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Indonesia, have launched a partnership to cooperate on forest preservation after a decade of on-off talks on a trilateral alliance. They will pressure the rich world to finance forest conservation. [CNN]

Macaws in a rain forest (Christina Victoria Craft, Unsplash)

  • “Hydrogen House” Deploys Rooftop Solar Panels, But Don’t Call Them Solar Panels” • The idea of a house that can produce its own hydrogen has been tossed around for a while now. We might expect solar panels to be involved, but Belgian researchers mapped out a different pathway. Their panels generate hydrogen gas instead of electricity. [CleanTechnica]
  • “As Rich Nations Haggle Over Climate Solutions, The Storm-Ravaged Caribbean Is Taking Matters Into Its Own Hands” • The Caribbean leaders, residents, and even utility companies say they are tired of waiting for world leaders to save them. Experts and residents tell CNN that the islands are now eagerly phasing out fossil fuels and building microgrids. [CNN]
  • “Did Elon Musk Revive Hopes For A $25,000 Tesla?” • Tesla is working on a vehicle platform that could cost Tesla about half as much to build as its other vehicles, according to a statement by Musk in Tesla’s Q3 earnings call. This has many wondering if this could eventually become a rumored $25,000 car to which Tesla has referred in the past. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Avangrid Affirms Commitment To Commonwealth PPA” • In Massachusetts, Avangrid told authorities that it wants to keep a power purchase agreement for its 1200-MW Commonwealth project. Commonwealth had called for a one-month suspension of the approval process to address the impact of the current global economic conditions. [reNews]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

November 14 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Hywind Tampen Floating Wind Farm Delivers First Power” • The Hywind Tampen floating wind farm in the North Sea has begun producing power from its first turbine. Owned by the partners developing the Gullfaks and Snorre oilfields, the Hywind Tampen wind farm is expected to meet about 35% of the electricity demand of the two fields. [reNews]

Floating wind turbines (Equinor image)

  • “The World Will Probably Warm Beyond The 1.5°C Limit. But Peak Warming Can Be Curbed.” • The world’s current climate pledges are insufficient to maintain the goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Global warming will likely surpass the 1.5°C limit. But researchers chart several potential courses in which the overshoot period is shortened. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Fears Of Compromise On Key 1.5°C Global Temperature Issue” • A key target to stop climate change raising global temperatures is now in doubt at a UN summit. Climate change talks have been trying to limit the average rise in temperatures to 1.5°C. But senior figures here in Egypt worry about backsliding on efforts to keep the 1.5°C goal. [BBC]
  • “Forrest Unveils 10-GW Renewable ‘Super Hub’ To Power Grid And Green Hydrogen” • Queensland’s push to be a hydrogen superpower gained serious momentum with the announcement of a renewable energy “super hub” that will host more than 10 GW of wind and solar projects to produce green hydrogen at an industrial scale. [RenewEconomy]
  • “Fossil Vehicle Bans Are Likely To Hit Mom-And-Pop Gas Stations The Hardest” • The California Air Resources Board’s decision to phase out fossil fuel-powered cars by 2035 was an important step to address air quality and climate change. But there will be winners and losers. Mom-and-pop gas station owners seem likely to be losers. [CleanTechnica]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

Just In! (from NY-GEO)

Just In! is NY-GEO’s weekly news feed for members. NY-GEO’s calendar-year memberships are open to everyone and available for as little as $35. See more information on memberships hereClick here to see some of the work a NY-GEO membership supports. We also feature three of the top news item summaries on the NY-GEO home page every Monday.

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Energy Catalyst Wins Manufacturing Award – Scale for ClimateTech (event supported by NYSERDA) held a clean energy pitch competition in NYC this past week highlighting five innovative, early-stage manufacturers of clean energy technologies  . The technologies presented included novel improvements for bottle reuse and electric car chargers, but it was the Double Hybrid heat pump from Energy Catalyst Technologies (a NYGEO member and Albany based manufacturer or high efficiency geothermal heat pumps)  that took home the grand prize of $20,000 towards finalizing their manufacturing process. “By this winter, we will have 11 homes that are heated by Double Hybrid heat pumps” said founder Matt Desmarais. “We plan to launch our 3rd generation Double Hybrid in the spring, which can replace a hot water boiler and reuse all the existing infrastructure.”  See the press release on the competition here.

Matt Desmarais of Energy Catalyst wins the grand prize at the Scale for ClimateTech event.

DC Building Uses Sewer System as Heat Source and Sink – The American Geophysical Union (AGU), a non-profit organization of over 58,000 geophysicists, is building their new headquarters with net-zero technology. The 5-story building includes LED lights, vertically planted green walls, a greywater reuse system, and coolable ceiling structures.  HUBER’s ThermWin system will use wastewater from the sewer system to provide 500 kW cooling capacity and 220 kW heat output for the building.   Building description here.

Gov. Hochul: $3.7 M to Bring Climate Tech Manufacturing and Products to NY – “Program Will Connect Startups to Local Supply Chain Partners to Scale Climate Technologies – The M-Corps program will connect startups scaling goods that lower greenhouse gases or reduce energy consumption with local supply chain partners, manufacturers, and suppliers while prioritizing connections in underserved communities. The (program) administrator will facilitate supply chain relationships and partnerships, provide operational and programming support to climate tech startups and connect them with local resources.” Press release here.